TRADITIONAL TAEKWON-DO ACADEMY
literally, Taekwon-Do means "Art of Hand and Foot
Fighting". It is more than that however. It is the
scientific use of the body in methods of self defence,
someone that has gained the ultimate use of its facilities
through intensive physical training. As a martial art,
it's discipline, techniques and mental training are the
cornerstone for building a strong sense of justice,
fortitude, humility and resolve. It is this mental
conditioning that distinguishes
the true practitioner from one who only desires the
mastering of the fighting aspects of the art only.
The inherent values of Taekwon-Do are deeply rooted in the traditional moral culture of the
Orient. On the technical side, defensive and offensive
tactics are based on principles of physics, which teaches
one how to generate maximum force
by increasing speed and mass during the execution of a
Always striving for excellence, General Choi presented
Taekwon-Do as in a state of continuous evolution, open to
changes that would improve its effectiveness.
Since the beginning, Taekwon-Do has never stopped evolving,
driven by the strong will and a lot of hard work by its
Founder. The leaders of the ITF today also recognize the
need to evolve and they are equally passionate about the
future of the organization.
The Founder of TaeKwon-Do Grand Master General Choi Hong
Hi (1918 - 2002)
THE FOUNDER, GRANDMASTER GENERAL CHOI HONG HI
General Choi Hong Hi was born on November 9th, 1918, in the
Hwa Dae Myong Chun District of Korea.
At the age of twelve he started to study Taek Kyon, an
ancient Korean method of fighting with the feet. Later, when
he was studying in Japan, he met a Karate teacher who helped
him earn his first degree Black Belt in less than two years.
He then intensified his training, striving to earn his
second degree. Around the same time, he started teaching.
Conscripted into the Japanese army during World War II, he
was posted to Pyongyang where he was imprisoned. Wanting to
maintain his good physical and mental health during his
imprisonment, he practiced karate, alone at first, then by
teaching it to the staff of the prison and the other
Becoming an officer in the new Korean Army after the end of
the war, he continued to teach his martial art to his
soldiers as well as to American soldiers serving in Korea.
His beliefs and his vision of a different approach to
teaching martial arts led General Choi to combine elements
of Taek Kyon and Karate techniques to develop a modern
martial art. He called it Tae Kwon Do, which means "the way
of the feet and the hands", and this name was officially
adopted on April 11th, 1955.
In 1959, General Choi was named President of the Korean
Taekwon-Do Association. Seven years later, on March
22nd,1966, he created the International Taekwon-Do
As the Founder of Taekwon-Do and President
of the ITF, he had the ability to share his art with
students everywhere. Today, Taekwon-Do training is available
around the world.
After a life dedicated to the
development of Taekwon-Do, a modern martial art based on
traditional values, philosophy, and training, General Choi,
Founder of Taekwon-Do and President of the International
Taekwon-Do Federation, died of cancer on June 15th, 2002, in
the country of his birth.
Today Taekwon-Do has developed into a complete martial
art offering benefits for everyone:
- Those who are interested in
competing find opportunities to participate in competitions
at all levels.
- Those who want to keep physically
fit soon realize that Taekwon-Do training is a complete
workout; their fitness level improves very quickly.
- Those whose goal is to acquire
self-defense skills learn effective techniques.
- Everyone benefits from being
physically active and becomes more self-confident.
Promotional gradings are conducted on a regular basis, where by
students progress through the grades with the goal of attaining
the coveted status of a blackbelt. There are ten colour belt
grades leading up to Blackbelt, each grade requiring the student
to have attained a required standard and attended a designated
number of classes, the gradings are held locally by a qualified
Through following our training curiculum, students will learn
fundamental movements and application of these techniques by way
of Patterns (Tul) and Sparring (Matsogi). The power and accuracy
of the technique is tested by the breaking of boards.
As training in Taekwon-Do progresses student also benefit from
the strong moral values of Taekwon-Do. This is reflected in the
five Tenets of Taekwon-Do:
Courtesy (Ye Ui)
Integrity (Yom Chi)
Perseverance (In Nae)
Self Control (Guk Gi)
Indomitable Spirit (Baekjul Boolgool)
has set forth the following philosophy and guidelines which will
be the cornerstone of Taekwon-Do and by which all serious
students of this art are encouraged to live.
1. Be willing to go where the going may be tough and do the
things that are worth doing even though they are difficult.
2. Be gentle to the weak and tough to the strong.
3. Be content with what you have in money and position but never
4. Always finish what you begin, be it large or small.
5. Be a willing teacher to anyone regardless of religion, race
6. Never yield to repression or threat in the pursuit of a noble
7. Teach attitude and skill with action rather than words.
8. Always be yourself even though your circumstances may change.
9. Be the eternal teacher who teaches with the body when young,
with words when old, and by moral precept even after death.
from "Taekwon-Do" (The Korean Art of Self Defense)
OF BELT COLORS
There are six belts: white, yellow, green, blue, red and black.
White is given to beginners and black is given to students who
have progressed through the grades and have a solid foundation
for learning the techniques of Taekwon-Do.
definition of the belts are as follows :
Signifies innocence, as that of the beginning student who has no
previous knowledge of Taekwon-Do.
Signifies the earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as
the foundation of Taekwon-Do is being laid.
Signifies the plant's growth as Taekwon-Do skills begin to
Signifies the Heaven towards which the plant matures into a
towering tree as training in Taekwon-Do progresses.
Signifies Danger, cautioning the the student to exercise control
and warning the opponent to stay away.
Opposite of white, therefore signifying the maturity and
proficiency in Taekwon-Do, also indicates the wearer's
imperviousness to darkness and fear.
Students must grade through the following belts in the following
white belt given to the beginner (10th gup)
white belt yellow tags (9th gup)
yellow belt (8th gup)
yellow belt green tags (7th gup)
green belt (6th gup)
green belt blue tags (5th gup)
blue belt (4th gup))
blue belt red tags (3rd gup)
red belt (2nd gup)
red belt black tags (1st gup)
through to Black Belt (1st dan/degree).